Originally Posted by smj
I've talked to one owner of a Wildcat and one owner of a Jaguar
that had extensive delam, and read about a few others. I believe not all were affected but buyer beware, as said get an extensive survey.
Charter Cats built some junk and some good boats. I think it all depended on who they sub'ed to. Only quality of build issue Ive had was some gelcoat
voids, no big deal. Originally surveyed well and has subsequently too. However, I know of some other boats that were junk right out the mold
(structural issues). Some deck
house windows Ive seen were really badly done.
Glass work on mine was otherwise quite good. Have opened up some otherwise inaccesible areas to create more storage
and even in there it looks good and cut some small plugs from cored hull/bulkheads for installs so layup
can be seen...all good. (per former boatbuilder
friend who helped).
All systems (engines, electrical
...) were all well done. Only system I did not like were fuel tanks
. Nothing wrong with them, but did not like sight gauge and fuel
line connections near bottom. Replaced wtih custom aluminum tanks
Bought mine early in their history
(2000 build), before the negative stories came out, so maybe some earlier builds were better, but no data to back this up.
Still: dont even consider buying
a WC without a thurough survey by a cat knowledgeable surveyor
(or any other boat IMHO).